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It begins with a book.

One book is given to both a songwriter and a visual artist. They write a song and create a work of art inspired by the book they read fulfilling their TRIO. Each TRIO will be installed as part of an exhibit debuting at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance in September of 2017 and traveling to museums, galleries, and literary events throughout the following year.

Among the books chosen for the 2018 TRIO Exhibit are The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash, Gradle Bird by J.C. Sasser, Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly, A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang, and The Whole Way Home by Sarah Creech, and more.

TRIO songwriters include award-winning musicians and songwriters Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Kim Richey, Peter McDade, Sarah Aili, Jill Benfield, Radney Foster, Eddie Heinzelman, Tommy Lewis, Eric Erdman, Sunny Sweeney, Joanna Janet, and Isaac Fountain.

Visual artist TRIO contributors cover a wide variety of media and genre and include Abbie Smith, Jennifer NyBlom, Robert Oren Eades, Cyndi Hoelzle, Katrina Perdue, Rachel Campbell, Heather Gallaher, Lucy Hunnicutt, Lia Frederick, Karen Schwettman, Glenn A. Bruce, and Stephen Brook.

TRIO’s creator is Shari Smith, whom editor Joe Formichella called “the mad Dr. Frankenstein” behind the anthology and cd, The Shoe Burnin’, Stories of Southern Soul, and the script writer and mother hen of the stage production, The Shoe Burnin’ Show, a combination of literature and music that changes with every performance, defying description and delighting audiences.

Book the TRIO Exhibit here.

A Kind of Freedom

Author: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Songwriter: Isaac Fountain
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Visual Artist: Lucy Hunnicut
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A Night Out with Mama

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Author: Quvenzhané Wallis
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Songwriter: Sarah Aili
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Visual Artist:  Jennifer NyBlom
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Gradle Bird

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Author: J.C. Sasser
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Songwriter: Kim Ritchey
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Visual Artist: Heather Gallaher
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Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs

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Author:  Beth Ann Fennelly
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Songwriter:  Melissa Summersell
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Visual Artist:  Lia Frederick
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My Sweet Vidalia

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Author:  Deborah Mantella
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Songwriter: Sarah Aili
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Visual Artist:  Abbie Smith
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One Good Mama Bone

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Author:  Bren McClain
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Songwriter:  Sunny Sweeny
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Songwriter:  Joanna Janet
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Visual Artist:  Jennifer NyBlom
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Steal Away Home

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Author:  Billy Coffey
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Songwriter: Eddie Heinzelman
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Karen SchwettmanVisual Artist: Karen Schwettman
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Summer Lightning

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Author:  Judith Richards
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Songwriter:  Eric Erdman
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Visual Artist:  Jennifer NyBlom
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The Hidden Light of Northern Fires

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Author:  Daren Wang
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Songwriter:  Tommy Lewis
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Visual Artist:  Abbie Smith
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The Last Ballad

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Author: Wiley Cash
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Songwriter: Radney Foster
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Visual Artist:  Robert Oren Eades
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The Road to Bittersweet

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Author: Donna Everhart
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Songwriter: Pam Tillis
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Visual Artist:  Cyndi Hoelzle
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The Sisters of Glass Ferry

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Author: Kim Michele Richardson
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Songwriter:  Melissa Summersell
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Visual Artist: Katrina Perdue
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The Unexpected Daughter

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Author:  Sheryl Parbhoo
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Songwriter: Jill Benfield
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Visual Artist: Chad Elliott
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The Weight of Sound

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Author: Peter McDade
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Songwriter: Peter McDade
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Visual Artist: Glenn A. Bruce
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The Whole Way Home

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Author: Sarah Creech
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Songwriter: Jill Benfield
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Visual Artist: Rachel Campbell
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